Player Ratings: Matt Miazga shines, Weston McKennie Wasn’t Sharp Enough and the Rest had a Night to Forget

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A night full of hope was drained as Brazil toppled the USA 2-0 in New Jersey.

It was no surprise to see the World Cup quarter-finalists thrash the U.S., but it was a night where Dave Sarachan’s side had seemed to lose a bit of ground in identity shaping.

Matt Miazga and John Brooks showed signs of becoming a sturdy center defense pairing, while Weston McKennie and DeAndre Yedlin were just not sharp enough on the night.

Here are our Unfit ratings for the U.S. side.

Zack Steffan – 6

Steffan was caught off guard by Roberto Firmino’s run to the far post for the first goal. Had a huge save from a Fabinho rocket in the 40th minute and did well to parry it away into his teammates’ possession. Steffan was tested early in the second half with a blitzing cross into Coutinho’s path, but got down well to steer away from goal. Almost conceded in the middle of the second but was saved by Miazga off of the goaline.

DeAndre Yedlin – 7

Now one of the most senior members of this U.S. side with 52 caps to his name, DeAndre Yedlin continues to be a driving force for his country down the right flank. The Newcastle man was fierce on every play, diving into challenges and leaving his mark on every encounter with a couple of hip checks and what not. the Seattle native topped a chance a big chance in the 27th minute, using his body to get in between Roberto Firmino and the ball. Had a superb cross in the 32nd, but McKennie couldn’t keep it down. Had a quiet second half.


Matt Miazga – 8

Miazga continues to be the brightest spot of this new generation. The Nantes loanee looked extremely comfortable next to John Brooks, always showing up where Brooks couldn’t. He had two high-class saves early in the second half, one needing a goal line clearance and the other needing an early intervention, both of which Miazga dealt with like a seasoned veteran. Finished out the match really well, even outshining Brooks by the end. A fantastic night for the 23-year-old.

John Brooks – 7

Brooks was the leader and calm head this inexperienced side. Cleared just about every ball and was a arial on set pieces. Was unlucky to cause the penalty, although Fabinho was clever to make the most of zero contact from Brooks and Wil Trapp. Became less of a factor in the second half because of Matt Miazga’s coming to life. He had no problems next to Miazga though, making this partnership look very promising for the future.

Antonee Robinson – 5

A very shaky start from the Wigan Athletic loanee, getting too tight to Douglas Costa who was able to burn the left-back and put in a cross for the first goal. Caused problems all night by Costa but eventually redeemed himself. For a full scouting report on Robinson’s night, click here.

Wil Trapp – 6

Played well as the anchor of Dave Sarachan’s 4-1-4-1 formation. The Ohio native was confident in possession and blocked his backline fairly well. Trapp showed a strong presence as the skipper as well, often organizing the rest of his midfield. The holding midfielder also had a great game at the corner flag, deliver more than a couple of good balls in. Replaced by Christian Roldan in the 82nd minute.

Julian Green – 5

Green didn’t have the speed or trickery to make anything happen against Felipe Luis. However, the winger left his mark on his set piece deliveries, all of which were put into dangerous areas and were almost capitalized on multiple times. Was replaced in the 55th minute by Tim Weah.


Weston McKennie – 7

McKennie had two big chances just after the 30 minute mark, one of which the midfielder showed his skill by shimming off a defender, but was only able to shoot right into Alisson’s path. The Schalke man then a huge chance to get a goal back before the half but headed the ball well of the crossbar. Looked the best player on the pitch for the US in the second half. He picked up every loose ball and charged forward with purpose every time. Had yet another missed opportunity from a deep set piece when his feet got tangled with Miazga’s. Replaced by Marco Delgado in the 82nd minute.

Tyler Adams – 4

The MLS star started out with tons of energy, pressing opposition with little avail. Adams kept his energy up most of the half, but couldn’t get much time on the ball nor cause any issues off of it. Was a bit more lively in the second half, pressing Brazil out of possession to which McKennie would always pick up.

Paul Arriola – 3

Had a couple of crossing chances that he didn’t quite have the quality to act upon. Never seemed to get into the action because of Yedlin’s presence on the right. Very odd from the DC United winger, who was one of the better players in recent times for US Soccer. He was replaced by Kellyn Acosta in the 55th minute.

Bobby Wood – 2

Poor Wood has not looked the same since his poor for last season with Hamburg. He worked hard off the ball but couldn’t power his was through Brazil’s world-class defense. It also didn’t help that he got zero service from his teammates. Was replaced by Gyasi Zardes in the 70th minute.

Tim Weah – 4

Never really got in the game, but when you’re 2-0 down to Brazil, what can you do, really?

Kellyn Acosta – 5

A solid 35 mins for the Colorado Rapids’ midfielder. Acosta played a really dangerous ball in from the right off of a set piece but, unfortunately, McKennie couldn’t convert. Was tidy in midfield otherwise.

Gyasi Zardes – 4

Like Weah, Zardes couldn’t get into the game because of the lackluster nature of it by the 70 minute. Will probably get a start against Mexico.


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